Geography 1: Living in a Changing World GEOG1001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Level 1 Geography course introducing the nature of human geography, physical geography and environmental geography.


Lectures - 11.00 or 16.00 Tuesday to Thursday; 

Practical classes - S1 and S2 include block-structured laboratories (5 in S1 and 5 in S2) and workshops (5 in S1 and 5 in S2). Labs are two hours in duration; workshops are one hour in duration.

Requirements of Entry

This course may be taken as a unit in its own right, or may act as a foundation for two, three or four years of study of Geography leading to an Honours Degree. The course carries 40 credits although in special circumstances students will be permitted to exit the course following the class exam and be awarded 20 credits. There are no pre-requisites for entry to the course, although most of the class normally have "A" or "B" passes in Geography at Higher Grade.

Excluded Courses

GEOG1007 Geography 1 Half Course


A 90 minute exam at the end of each semester (30% each).

Continuous assessment (40%) (includes 2 class essays and assessed labs including presentations)

Main Assessment In: December and April/May

Course Aims

To introduce students through lectures, tutorials and essay work to the nature of:

■ human geography: issues of development and underdevelopment; identity, connections and social relations;

■ physical geography: aspects of climatology, geomorphology, hydrology and biogeography, as interacting environmental elements in the past and present;

■ human and physical inter-relations: climate change, biodiversity, resources and sustainability;

■ key skills in geographical analysis through basic data collection, interpretation and presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Subject specific learning outcomes:

At the completion of the course students should be able to:

■ explain the inter-relation of processes in physical and human geography that produce our changing world;

■ describe key concepts (scale, connection, resources, systems and environment) and explain their importance in developing a geographical awareness;

■ effectively employ new skills in geographical data collection and interpretation, and cartographic representation.

Transferable skill learning outcomes:
At the completion of the course students should have developed the following skills:

■ oral presentation and teamwork skills;

■ the ability to construct a written critical argument based on library-based research and conforming to academic conventions in terms of citations and referencing;

■ numeracy, and the ability to handle quantitative data;

■ the ability to work to deadlines.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Attendance at practical classes and workshops